Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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There's no place like home

I 've always wanted to see India, and visit the jungle-bound pyramids of South America. I've always imagined striding across Red Square or surfing at Bondi Beach. Yet, as 50 approaches, I realise I have...

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A day all about George

Whenever an historical figure is associated with a place, things can get out of hand. Famous figures attract attention and it is only normal that an influx of visitors keen on seeing birthplaces, artefacts...

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Anyone up for a bit of sport?

People who hate sport cannot understand what sports fans see in it. While lovers of sport know that the people who hate sport are simply misguided (guess which side I'm on). However, what cannot be denied...

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Not goodbye, just au revoir

It could be my advancing years making themselves felt, but it seems to me that we are increasingly critical of young people these days. Despite living in a society that idolises youth, where middle-aged...

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How about a top-up?

When you've seen one, you've seen them all. That is the ungenerous thought that often creeps into my mind on those occasions when I've found myself being led around a winery. Visiting a wine grower in...

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From 'guttersnipe' to lady

My 11-year old son was genuinely at a loss when I suggested watching the “girl's film”, My Fair Lady. Almost three hours later, however, he was still there on the sofa, mouth slightly open, absorbing...

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Unsung heroes of the word

A new year, a new column. After 12 months of beating the drum for Catalonia's upcoming sports stars, it's time for a change of tack with a brand new column for 2015. Given my 'privileged' position at the...

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Voting in the 21st century

I have a confession to make. No, it's not what you think. In fact, it's worse: I did not vote in the November 9 participative process. In my defence, it would be better to express it as I still haven't...

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Catalonia's sporting winners for 2014

When I started this column in January, the aim was to focus the spotlight on some of Catalonia's sporting talent. This is a small country blessed by a disproportionate number of champions, but the heroes...